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The Problem With What George Lopez Did, Explained (In Less Than 300 Words Too!)

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300 words? Really? You think you can do this?

Not if you keep asking stupid questions.

Touche. So, why is George Lopez in the news today?

During a recent show in Phoenix, Lopez joked “There’s still two rules in the fucking Latino family. Don’t marry somebody black, and don’t park in front of our house.” This prompted a Black woman near the stage to stand up and flip Lopez the rare double-fisted bird. Lopez responded by spending the next minute or so berating her, telling her to sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up and eventually kicking her out.

Okay. So, was the joke the problem here?

No. It was a perfectly standard race-related joke from a comedian. Whether you personally find Lopez (and/or his joke) funny or offensive is inconsequential. Nothing about the joke itself was egregious. Telling a joke about racism doesn’t make the joke (or the comedian) racist.

The issue here was his reaction. Admittedly, I imagine that a person giving me the finger while in front of me would be distracting, but I also imagine a stand-up veteran like Lopez has experienced much worse. It was a standard joke that received a standard heckle. If her reaction was a bit of an overreaction (it was), his reaction was a nuclear reaction to that overreaction.

Considering the abundance of context here — the numerous examples of Black women treated and regarded with a ferocity and violence that non-Black women probably wouldn’t have received in those same circumstances — you also can’t help but wonder if Lopez felt empowered to go extra hard on her because she was Black.

Ironically, he accused her of not being able to take a joke. But the only angry person here seems to be him.

Damn. You did it. Good job!

Thanks!

Damon Young

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  • Val

    Welp, I now officially hate George Lopez. But, I’m not surprised. This is the same guy who got a kidney from his wife and then divorced her. Eff George Lopez and eff the people cheering him on.

    • Courtney Wheeler

      I wonder if you ask for your organ back in a divorce settlement. :)

      • Other_guy13

        We covered this a while back…you can but it gets messy

      • Val

        I guess one could pay some unseemly person to get it back if one were so inclined to go that route. Lol

        • Other_guy13
          • Val

            Right. Find his azz on a park bench missing a kidney. Lol

            • Other_guy13

              It’s possible in Drumpf America

            • L8Comer

              ? LOL

          • Negro Libre

            Forgot about this!

        • Ang

          There was a movie where they repossessed people’s organ’s if they couldn’t pay. That’s cold. But maybe it would be desirable in these sort of situations.

          • Mary Burrell

            Dirty Pretty Things

            • Ang

              I was thinking of Repo Men.

              • Sweet Ga Brown

                With Forrest Whittaker trying to be a playboy.

              • Mary Burrell

                Oh okay you are probably right now that I think about it.

      • miss t-lee

        I would probably remove it myself.

      • JennyJazzhands

        I would. Run me my kidney, h03!

        • Sigma_Since 93

          Would you even want it back??? That’s like asking for the car in the divorce and its got 200K miles on it.

          • JennyJazzhands

            I mean, I don’t actually want it but it’s the principle. I want the car too. Just because principle.

          • L8Comer

            Yeah I would, What if you end up needing it for a kid or a sibling? And if he divorced her soon after the kidney is prolly still in good shape. I wouldn’t actually pursue this cuz it would seem like such a hassle to get cut open again

          • HoneyRose

            I don’t want to put it back in. I just don’t want HIM to have it anymore. Call me spiteful.

    • Glo

      That kidney story is just sooooooo cold blooded. I haven’t been able to look at him the same way since.

    • Other_guy13

      I have done some ish in my day….BUT THAT??? He wins the “Not Ish and never gone be ish” award for life

    • Doug

      That was Tracy Morgan

      • Val

        Nope, it was George.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Val is correct.

        • Other_guy13

          I helped him

      • Other_guy13
      • miss t-lee

        Wrong.

      • Negro Libre

        It was both of them.

        George’s was more public.

      • Michelle is my First Lady

        Tracy got a kidney transplant from his ex-girl, Tanisha Hall. Not his wife/ex-wife.

        • Maxine Shaw

          That was even dumber. You want my organs, you gotta put a ring on it.

        • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

          Don’t matter. Still cold blooded. Phakk em both. That’s a MAJOR sacrifice. Now she sees him with some other bish. Nah son….

    • Annalise Keating

      SMDH. Post divorce I will take my kidney back. I would include it in the pre-nup-if he divorces me, cheats or is abusive I get my kidney back post divorce. I am petty like that….

      • MsCee

        That kidney would be my leverage for so many situations. “Oh, so you can accept my kidney but can’t accept my phone call?” “Oh, so you knew how to ask for a kidney, but didn’t think to ask if I wanted something from Popeye’s too?” “Oh, so you wanted my kidney but don’t want to take me and the kids on vacation?”

        • Annalise Keating

          ????Me too!

        • Val

          Lol

        • JennyJazzhands

          This is why black women never really lose arguments, even when we’re wrong. Because we forget nothing and have a poetic way of introducing infractions into the conversation.

        • “M”

          You did not give ol’ dude a kidney and then go to Popeye’s with their salt content.

          Quit playin.
          ;-)

      • Cleojonz

        I’m kinda selfish. I don’t think I would give one in the first place for this very reason.

        • Annalise Keating

          Love makes me do stupid things. I wish I could think as clearly as you do in these situations.

      • Wowza23

        Or I’m demanding in the divorce settlement a kidney clause…a monthly kidney allotment. You’re going to pay one way or another.

        • Annalise Keating

          Excellent idea!

    • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

      Hooooool up. Say what now. Nucca is alive coz of her and she the ex….

    • ALL OF THIS.

    • L8Comer

      Damn that’s so foul.

    • Wise Old Owl

      Val, his joke was his truth….many Hispanics hate dark skin and humans of African descent…see how dark skin Hispanics are treated in South and Central America…He was never funny or talented to me…

      • Janelle Doe

        Then just be straight racist don’t come with “if you can’t take a joke”

        • Wise Old Owl

          Because he is not funny or talented…just a racist, sexist arrogant jerk…

        • pls

          I tell my kids all the time it’s only a joke if it’s funny.

      • Blueberry01

        It wasn’t the joke that was the issue; most people are aware of colorism. It was his response to her.

      • Namia

        True that’s his truth…like I can’t get past his ugly to listen to his jokes..

      • Katabasis_13

        That truth most Mestizo’s don’t like aired and they don’t like to be challenged about it in public or private discussion.

        The cheering at the truth… I don’t have words for that.

        • Wise Old Owl

          Si, even Hermano Lopez has spoken about racism and Colorism in the Mexican community…for instance, he called them out publicly for not supporting Obama, porque he was negro y pointed out that Obama was lighter than many of them…While Supremacy, Colonialism, Instutional Racism, and Colorism is so deep that they continue to oppress today and keep European Males in power…mi best amigo en the world es so-called Hispanic y he and I talk, debate and laugh every day about these issues…we see the big picture and understand the Root cause and effect of European oppression…

      • pls

        That part is fine. He crossed the line when he called her out her name. Would have nnnnnever said that to Lindsey.

        • Wise Old Owl

          After reflection, you are are very correct. I believe he is more sexist than racist…he would have said the same to a Latina…although, he would have never spoken to and berated Becky the way he did her…However, he like many Black Male comedians have no problem mocking, attacking and cursing Black women…

    • Mary Burrell

      See, that’s what i am talking about. He got a kidney from his wife and i thought he would change and be a new man. But he tried his wife like garbage so Lopez is just an a** hole.

    • Namia

      now…that you mentioned that ..not a decent human being!!

    • Mochasister

      I was just thinking about how he treated his poor ex-wife.

    • hogwartsgottipdrill

      This has prompted me to include my innards in any prenuptial agreement I make with FutureBae

      • Val

        Lol

  • KNeale

    BTW George Lopez and Salma Hayek need to chill alright! We tryna come together and then here they go!!

    • Quirlygirly

      People’s true colors always come over eventually.

      • Blueberry01

        Time reveals all things and all people.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Salma ain’t giving up that Louis Vuitton money. ,(her husband owns/runs that conglomerate)

  • The woman is a Black Mexican woman

    • Quirlygirly

      Did GL know that? I guess it didn’t matter because in the end all he saw was a black woman

      • Val

        Exactly.

    • Twist!

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      Verdad? Hoover Dam

    • Sigma_Since 93

      If that was the case shame on her. She should know first hand of the colorism that exists in the Hispanic community and not take it personal.

      • $$west

        What kind of ridiculous BS is that??? So because she should know colorist exists she should’ve stayed silent and not called that BS out for what it was? Man come on, I’m tired of this ridiculous notion that comedians shouldn’t be held responsible for reprehensible comments simply because it’s “just a joke”. A true comedian is aware of context, climate, and timing. None of those were considered when he made that weak a ss joke and therefore it didn’t land and he is rightfully being called on it. Miss me with that “she should have known”. You should know better than to subtly support a man who just continually perpetuated the stereotypes that resulted in Trayvon’s death at the hands of a Hispanic man. The gall of this tom foolery. How yall be so woke yet dead asleep when it comes to some stuff is beyond me.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          Let me ask you a question of three:

          If / when you are in church and the pastor preaches about fornication, do you flip them the bird and walk out of service?

          If / when your friends talk about hating dealing with broke azz folks and you got $3.18 in your bank account, do you flip them the bird and bounce?

          If / when folks are talking about spanking kids as a form of discipline being wrong, and you believe in whupin dat azz, do you flip them the bird and bounce?

          The answer is no. Even in the ugliest situation, you can find humor.

          • TheCollinB

            *combs finely for lies*
            *detects none*

          • Tyrell Holmes

            facts

          • That’s not apples to apples.

            This was entertainment in a crowd of thousands. She didn’t bounce. She got bounce. She flipped the bird. Would I flip the bird in any of the situations you listed and stay put. Yes. Would I be expected to get thrown out? No. Especially if I PAID my money. I boo movies all the time. Is the usher going to throw me out.

            • Epsilonicus

              While I disagree with GL’s intensity of reaction, as someone who goes to shows you know that heckling the comedian is grounds to get put out. A venue may not do it all the time but they definitely deserve the right to remove you

          • Question

            Church and the bank? Analogies for a comedy show?

            Even you know you’re reaching.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              How so Sway?

              In both instances, the speaker is talking about a situation not at a specific person. She got in her feelings and GL was wrong for taking it way left.

              • Question

                Modes of behavior in different environments (re: your hypothetical reactions in each situation). Yes to the last sentence.

            • MsSula

              I didn’t bother replying. I just couldn’t with the reach.

              • Question

                I should’ve left it alone. Now Sigma’s gonna ride it until the wheels fall off.

          • SororSalsa

            Bruh, your shoulder must be dislocated with all that reaching you’re doing. You can’t compare preaching and folks’ opinions about broke people and spanking to this. Again, the issue wasn’t the joke. It was a corny, mundane joke about Mexicans’ feelings about black people. I wouldn’t have blinked, but obviously this women was bothered. But GL went WAY overboard with his reaction and went after her in a way that wasn’t called for, nor was it funny. It was just cruel, and f those people in the audience for participating.

            • Sigma_Since 93

              Sorror my shoulders feel fine. Let’s use a parallel example:

              Chris Rock made a joke about Black folks and ninjas. Not one person got up and walked out when he set the joke up. Do many Black folk feel this way…yes. Do many White folk feel this way…yes. Was there outrage…..no.

              You can definitely make comparisons here. In every instance, GL and my examples, the speaker is talking about something not at someone. It would be different if he pointed at her directly when he made the joke.

              I’ve said it all through this thread, GL’s response was dead wrong.

      • Other_guy13

        Huh? How sway? She should know first hand and be even more offended. That kind of thinking would have led to her not even being here. You don’t pass over intolerance just because you can relate to it. Wrong is wrong.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          We’re both Black. There are things we have seen and heard about our culture that aren’t very flattering. We have both seen this be used as material for jokes by Black comedians. When we see the joke being setup by the comedian at a comedy show, we don’t get in our feelings, give a middle finger salute, and bounce.

          • Blueberry01

            When has a black male comedian stated or suggested that black men should not marry or get with a black woman?

            • Sigma_Since 93

              Never. But you have heard Big Momma say marry an individual with fair skin and good hair because colorism is real. That’s where he was going. Colorism is real in the field in the Hispanic world. Watch Telemundo; the dark skinned chickas never get to be the love interest.

              • Blueberry01

                Yeah, we do know that colorism exists – in and outside of the Hispanic community – but that doesn’t mean we (the recipients of it) need to tolerate it or passively be comfortable with it.

                Do you willingly accept the slander of the types of people who pledge black Greek fraternities? Or, the stereotypes of the people who are Blue Phi?

                Heck, you wouldn’t even have a fraternity to pledge if someone didn’t take a stand against racism and colorism the white fraternities displayed against black people.

                You’re appearing a little tone deaf on this issue, Sig.

    • A.P. Millz-CT

      Mexicans are super racist against black Puerto Ricans and Dominicans… My grandmother never had anything nice to say about them..lol So, this makes perfect sense to me… I can’t stand this man.

      • cyanic

        Well Latinos from all over Latin America hate Mexicans. And truly hate being confused with them stateside.

      • Sigma_Since 93

        You understand more than most the context. Why can’t GL make a joke out of this? We see Black comedians take negative elements of Black culture as the source of material. Why isn’t GL afforded the same opportunity?

        • Asano Sokato

          Someone once said

          It was a perfectly standard race-related joke from a comedian.
          …. Telling a joke about racism doesn’t make the joke (or the comedian) racist.
          The issue here was his reaction.

        • A.P. Millz-CT

          Black comedians take negative elements of Black culture as the source of material. Why isn’t GL afforded the same opportunity?

          Well, George wasn’t trying to be funny! He lashed out at that woman b/c she was black. This is the way most Mexicans are.. Well, I should be honest, most Hispanics.. smdh

          • Sigma_Since 93

            This boils down to did GL finish the joke? The answer is no. He jumped the shark and went full Michael Richards on her which was wrong.

        • MsSula

          Because inherently a joke has to be funny.

          Also, a joke is like an opinion and everybody is entitled to react the way they want. She didn’t like it. Her prerogative. Why is she the bad guy for not liking a very UNfunny (and tired) joke.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          I haven’t watched this clip, but I’ve seen him before. He was gonna get to the “conscious” part but sounds like the reacted and he overreacted.

        • cakes_and_pies

          Did he really need to call her a b**h though? That’s not a joke.

          • Quirlygirly

            He was mad at that point..he was trying to humiliate her at then

            • cakes_and_pies

              Cracked out Katt Williams wouldn’t even do that. That isht was not funny at all.

          • miss t-lee

            Exactly.

            • Other_guy13

              Her BF a punk

              • miss t-lee

                All day.

          • Other_guy13

            No he did not and he needs to be called out on it

        • Cleojonz

          It wasn’t the joke. He used to joke how much he loved Richard Pryor and when his grandmother came in the room if he was watching him on tv, she would ask if he was watching that Negro again.

          It was his reaction to the woman’s displeasure with the joke. Way over the top.

        • SororSalsa

          I once saw Chris Tucker take out of the friend of one of the opening comedians at a show. Dude was heckling, so he got what he deserved. But CT didn’t have to stoop to GL’s level to do it, and was hilarious the whole time. GL was just insulting. He didn’t even try to be funny. What was the point?

        • Namia

          The general rule is..you are are allowed to make fun of your people but outsiders can not.!!!

    • Other_guy13

      one drop black = Black AF

    • Hiding My ?hide yours 2

      She is BLACK in color, no?

  • TheCollinB

    Anyone on here ever been fried by a comedian while you were sitting in the front row?

    • cyanic

      I don’t do front row at a comedy show.

      • KNeale

        I would never even dare. If I was offered free tickets I’d turn them down.

      • TheCollinB

        Why not?

        • cyanic

          I walk outside my house being a target for ridicule. I need a break willfully going in a hostile environment.

          • TheCollinB

            You be wearing jazzercise clothes to work? Me no entiendes.

            • cyanic

              Nucca no! Laughs.

            • Blueberry01

              You mean Bill Belichick’s outfit…

          • Blueberry01

            I’m sorry to hear this.

            • cyanic

              I’m exaggerating a bit.

              • Blueberry01

                Okay, I take back my sympathy for the bit that you’re exaggerating.

      • grownandsexy2

        I remember seeing Richard Pryor but was sitting in the balcony in the front. We made eye contact but I turned my head cause I didn’t want him singling me out for ridicule.

    • Glo

      Yup. It’s mad uncomfortable.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      I don’t sit front row.

      • miss t-lee

        #ProTip

      • Val

        I mean, I’ve never been to a live comedy show but I’ve seen enough of them on TV to know better than to sit anywhere near the front row.

        • TheCollinB

          What they gon’ say about you Val?! Let legend tell it your looks have shut down comment sections.

          • Val

            Legend = Not true. :-)

            • Other_guy13

              Lets not do this today

              • Val

                I agree.

                • Other_guy13

                  Stop with these alternative facts

            • TheCollinB

              N*gga, please.

            • Other_guy13

              Lies, falsehoods, and fabrications.

              • Val

                Quit!!

                • Other_guy13

                  Okay

            • Sigma_Since 93

              Val is presenting alternate facts today

          • Other_guy13

            I have missed it every time and have regretted it every..single…time. Even had a protest and still missed it.

          • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

            And then revived them.

        • Michelle is my First Lady

          The last comedy show I went to was Plastic Cup Boyz in Philly. Harry, Naim and Spank joked on the same couple during each of their sets. It was horrible. I felt so bad for the couple.

          • Other_guy13

            Yea…it’s never good to sit up there. You don’t want to be a part of the show

            • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

              Never ever

          • TheCollinB

            Yeaaaaaars ago another comment section I frequented (nahright.com) made Naim tap out. He thought he had jokes but was unaware the true lack of chill the internet has. I like to think he learned something that day.

            • MsSula

              The Internet is where smart, introvert people go to joke. I don’t think regular comedians should want them problems.

        • Other_guy13

          Not even a low budget one…please move to ATL so we can hang and I can teach you how to live lol

          • TheCollinB

            Val = Cat Lady

            • Val

              Why? Lol How did I get to be a cat lady?

              • TheCollinB

                OG said you don’t got no life. I imagine you stay indoors with your cats and kittens and they blanket you at night when you sleep.

                How far off am I?

                • Other_guy13

                  I’m staying out of this one. I don’t want no trouble

                • Val

                  Sadly it’s all true. :-(

                  • TheCollinB

                    *amazon primes Val a life and meow mix*

                    • Val

                      Thanks, man, because cat food is expensive. :-)

                    • TheCollinB

                      Cat ladies are usually short tho. How tall are you Val?

                    • Val

                      Some days I’m tall and some days I’m short. :-)

                    • TheCollinB

                      :/

                    • Other_guy13

                      Dang…not even a jail broken firestick?

                  • Other_guy13

                    Nooo

            • Other_guy13

              @disqus_QGKOTi1oX5:disqus please direct anger toward collinB. Thanks

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      As a member of the African American community, I have eaten at the “black table” and ridden public transit.

      Getting roasted is a black rite of passage. I just wish Granny wouldn’t always hit my sore spots.

      • TheCollinB

        nobody is gonna fry you like Granny, cause she’s all facts.

      • Granny, your woman, and that one homeboy who is a sore loser….the triple threat for bars hithing below the belt

    • Quirlygirly

      I was not in the front row but I got called out. I should not have been at the comedy show in the first place. I was young and nosey

    • I’m not sitting front row unless I get a mic too. The clapback game too skrong

      • TheCollinB

        It’s good for the culture to clap back

    • Hugh Akston

      You can’t get mad doh if you’re up front

      I tend to find the sir next to the nearest exist lol ?

    • Tyrell Holmes

      I sat front row of a rickey smiley show in savannah a few years back….one of the guys opening for him (Rock-T i think) started roasting the dude 3 seats down from me….I was hella nervous he was gonna keep coming down the row to me cause my date had on some loud colors.

    • Jennifer

      I sat NEXT to an old lady as Tracy Morgan lovingly described all of the chexual things he would do to her granny azz. Baltimore. Pre-Tracy Jordan days.

    • Jennifer

      A couple years ago Jay Pharoah went on a quick BW rant (not nearly as harsh as George Lopez and also kinda funny) about me and my crew of friends because we didn’t laugh at his corny joke as much as all the YT people around us. The rest of his set was funny tho.

      • TheCollinB

        I used to date his sister in high school. He was an interesting kid. He didn’t get a lot of burn from black women early on and it may have shaped his view of black women for a second but he’s back with the squad now.

  • Brooklyn_Bruin

    That’s been Lopez’s shtick for a long time. He’s been called out on it a lot.

    Louis CK might be the only Latino comedian we got left.

    • cyanic

      Louis CK might be the only Latino comedian we got left.

      Laughs. I know his father is Mexican. But it’s still funny to know that ginger white guy is half Latino.

      • Glo

        I always forget this fun fact about him, lol.

      • miss t-lee

        I know a few ginger, green eyed Mexicans.

        • cyanic

          Well green eyes with olive skin or darker is life itself.

          • miss t-lee

            Mexicans run the gamut. Living in Texas you’ll see all kinds.

            • cyanic

              I’ve seen Mexicans who look Asian without any immediate family members being Asian.

              • miss t-lee

                Yup.

              • blueevey

                People always think I’m Samoan/pacific islander/guamanian and sometimes , rarely, phillipina or hawaiian.

                I’m not.

              • Mochasister

                It’s probably due to their indigenous ancestry.

              • Katabasis_13

                That part about Blackbirding that including shipping Asians all through the Pacific Southwest and Mexico, Central and South American is the part of history MOST hispanics have forgotten about.

            • Yeah, they are like black people and Puerto Ricans. You never know.

              • TheCollinB

                As a quarter Puerto Rican I approve this message.

                • Blueberry01

                  Oh yea? Who’s half: mom or dad?

                  • TheCollinB

                    Pops. My grandmother is fresh off the boat Puerto Rican

              • miss t-lee

                Never, ever know.

        • Canelo Alverez

          • miss t-lee

            My ex has green eyes and could pass for white.
            His parents are straight from Mexico.

          • BrothasKeeper

            Canelo = Cinnamon in Spanish

        • Epsilonicus

          My coworker’s son

        • Mochasister

          There’s a little blonde haired, blue eyed Mexican girl in my class.

      • Negro Libre

        Louis CK’s pre-mainstream life is …interesting

        • cyanic

          Which likely explains how empathic he is.

          • Negro Libre

            Not what I meant:

            In an age, where past controversy can greatly ruin your credibility and career, it’s kind of amazing that Louis CK’s past, hasn’t caught up with him yet. He’s a great comic, but he has a lot of things under his belt that people who’ve followed his career for quite some time, are pretty well-aware of.

            • cyanic

              He did direct Pootie Tang. But everyone makes mistakes.

              • Negro Libre

                Well…

                They’ll leak out eventually, I’m not trying to spoil Louis CK for anyone.

                • Quirlygirly

                  You might as well go on and spill it. You half way telling, hinting..just go on and tell us

                  • Negro Libre

                    Lol, y’all just gonna have to watch youtube video clips of him. I mean there’s the chex stuff you can look for online, but it’s mostly his comedy material that I’m talking about.

                    • Quirlygirly

                      I better not go look it up..I might get offended being a black woman and all

                • cyanic

                  Tell me his big secret. I remember talking about Nate Parker’s past before it became news.

            • TheCollinB

              Like r a p e

              • Negro Libre

                That’s just part of it…his entire act, before he became famous for Louie and the empathetic route was hardcore, NY Comedy Corner-ish comedy. Those comedians are respected in the field, but they usually don’t go mainstream, because their acts are way too offensive to most people.

                • cyanic

                  He was once a white Corey Holcomb?

                  • Negro Libre

                    Lol, I wouldn’t go that far…it’s not completely off base though.

                    Once again I’d just look up his much older material, he’s been in the game for a min.

                  • Never got his appeal.

                    • cyanic

                      Juvenile and hateful attracts. See our current president.

                    • Epsilonicus

                      Corey Holcomb or CK?

                    • Holcomb.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Because he’s not funny?

                    • He’s like a 45 year old twitter ninja.

                    • miss t-lee

                      Bingo.

                • TheCollinB

                  His show put him in position for the larger stages, he writes good material. He’s written for a lot of black comedians too.

                  Still doesn’t mean he can go pullin his junk out in front of women and make love to his own self.

                  • Negro Libre

                    Well, you know what’s funny, the show he’s known for today, is mostly a remake of the same show that he did named Lucky Louie on HBO which didn’t do well because it was mostly offensive to mainstream audiences. He changed up his act, and that’s what most people are familiar with today.

                    Personally, I find him still being hilarious, but I know he’s not as hardcore as he used to be, if he was, he wouldn’t be as famous as he is.

                • Hugh Akston

                  Yep I know someone in the comedy world making his way up there…definitely learning some stuff

                  • Manny

                    Why so vague?

                    • Negro Libre

                      It’s complicated.

                      Bill Burr, Patrice Oneal, Kevin Hart, Louis CK, Chris Rock etc. All got their starts in the Stand Up world in the Comedy Cellar out of NY. In the audience are usually about a good ratio of comedians/audience. And from time to time, the comedians, as in your peers, sit down in the front row and usually heckle or clown you, and then if you fail, they drag you afterwards. In the environment that kind of comedy and pressure, affects your material and your lifestyle, because it consistently involves trying to measure up to the standards of your peers.

                      It’s basically Sparta for comedians. The comedy is brasher, and usually way more offensive, usually on a much higher level than what the average comedy viewer is used to, because the measuring stick is other comedians, usually hungry ones, who can’t wait to tear you to shreds. Most of the time if one of these people get famous, they usually end up having some agent that cleans them up, takes them to L.A. and help them shape their material so it can gain wider acceptance nationwide. Kind of how Nike cleaned up MJ.

                      So what most people know about Louis CK is mostly something that’s been cleaned up over the years, it has less to with how talented he is, but more about the material that he’s known for.

                    • Brooklyn_Bruin

                      Rip Patrice O’Neal

                    • Hugh Akston

                      He’s somewhat popular so if I write his name…Connections can be made…lol

            • Manny

              Like wat

              • Negro Libre

                I’d just go back and listen to his material from years ago…it’s funny, but it’s not like his style of comedy that people are used to today.

            • Cleojonz

              I have seen some writings recently about how horrid he is with women in the writers room. I think it’s only a matter of time before it does catch up with him. There must not be any official documentation yet, but he’s going to catch the wrong one eventually. Either that or he has really cleaned up his act since he has become more well known.

      • Brother Mouzone

        I bet he puts WHITE on all his personal info…license, insurance, loans, etc…

        • Annalise Keating

          Word!

        • cyanic

          America is about what you look like in the immediate. Not the wholeness of what you are.

        • raul

          Well that would make sense since he is white.

          • Brother Mouzone

            That was said in response to someone saying he had a Mexican father.

        • Cleojonz

          Well he is. That’s why there is a whole category White – Hispanic descent.

        • Mr. Mooggyy

          I asked my cousin what he checks on applications when he applies for stuff. My cousin can pass for white because he’s mixed, until he opens his mouth! Instant ni99a! Anywho, he said it depends on what it is. He jokingly (but seriously) white for credit applications!

      • Annalise Keating

        I know this is kind of off topic but…..Thank you for mentioning he is half Latino. I just don’t get why when someone is half black/latino/or any non white minority, folks just ignore their white half and designate them solely based on the half that is a minority.

        • cyanic

          People are labeled racially based on what they appear to be. Nobody looking at our former president is thinking about his white mother despite him being lighter skin. He isn’t too light nor are his features too European for confusion. He black because they set it up that way.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          That’s part of my joke, because I don’t think Louis is really on some one drop mentality

          • Annalise Keating

            Ok. Got it. I am a little slow sometimes so you have to forgive me.

        • Katabasis_13

          Phenotype. Think you’re racially ambiguous if you want too most folks will tell you what they think you are.

          Color based caste system is going to die a slow painful confusing death.

      • Other_guy13

        Right

      • BrothasKeeper
        • cyanic

          When you had hair did you ever perm it?

          • BrothasKeeper

            I’m afraid I missed that train. When I did have a lot of hair, I kept a perfect afro, and I weighed a buck 50. I looked like a microphone.

        • Cleojonz

          This is an awesomely bad movie. Whada tie!

          • BrothasKeeper

            Sepatown, my damie!

        • Jennifer

          No need to fight. Let’s have a viewing party instead. I can quote it.

        • Mochasister

          Lawd, have mercy! This movie was so stupid until you had to laugh.

    • Other_guy13

      But he’s not…carry on

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        Who else Carlos Mentirosa?

        • Other_guy13

          LOL….that’s not his name

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            *pats self on back for that one*

            • Other_guy13

              I chuckled

        • miss t-lee

          The remix to his name has me weak.

    • Cleojonz

      No. Louis CK whiter than white lol.

      • Other_guy13

        is he???

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          He’s got Mexican parentage, but culturally…

          • Cleojonz

            Exactly. He never talks about his Hispanic heritage.

            • Epsilonicus

              He has discussed it in several acts. But he also lets you know he is not deep into the culture.

              • Cleojonz

                I stand corrected. Glad to know he at least claims that part of himself. I have only seen a few of his routines. I used to watch Louie and thought he was really good the couple times he hosted SNL.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. Ol gurl got in her feelings a little too quickly and George could have incorporated this into the routine better.

    • Darkchloe144

      I see no lies here.

    • Val

      I hear you but people offhandedly putting Black folks down gets tiring. I can definitely understand how she felt. Like da-mn, give us a break. Why are we always somebody’s punchline?

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Val it’s not a punchline; it’s a reality that you have some Hispanics (and Black folks) that want their kids to marry a fair skinned, good haired individual. Making a joke about it isn’t inherently bad.

        • George is that you?

          • Sigma_Since 93

            Noap. I’m just trying to be the voice of reason.

            • cakes_and_pies

              His behavior after he said the joke is indefensible and has no voice of reason. He could have kept it moving or made an actually joke out of the situation.

            • MsSula

              Then that reason needs a lot more people.

              • Sigma_Since 93

                Some of y’all being hypocritical at the moment but I still got love for y’all.

                Here’s what we haven’t seen:

                Skinny women walk out in mass when Monique talks about skinny itches
                Women that wear weave walk out when comedians joke about them wearing it
                Dark skin folks walk out when comedians make jokes about being dark
                Light skin folks walk out when comedians make jokes about being light

                If folks gonna ride with ol gurl who left during the set up of the joke, I would expect for the same folks to walk out of Black comedy shows too

                • Question

                  Joke = not a problem.
                  Reaction = problem.

                  • Sigma_Since 93

                    Exactly

                  • MsSula

                    Why is this not understood though?

                    At least we can say that persistence is one of your traits Sigma. Loll.

                • MsSula

                  Did you even read what you wrote?

                  Because I am surprised at all the false equivalencies written in there.

                  Anyways, I think I got your point. I think.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Was there one?

        • Negro Libre

          It’s funny, if he’d finished the joke, we’d kind of know whether he was praising it or criticizing it, unfortunately, he went into Hulk mode because of a middle finger…so we’ll never know smh.

        • Katabasis_13

          When it comes down to it many Hispanics, Blacks in the diaspora, Polynesians and East Indians and Middle Eastern and Siberian descendant secondary populations of America haven’t unlearned the lessons of the color based caste system.

          That said it’s still isn’t a reason to continuously call her out of her name for giving him the finger. If he was a good comedian he would have had additional material or pointed out that this isn’t a hard set rule just for Hispanics.

    • But I feel like he could of just rolled. This could not have been his first time getting the finger. He was immature and there was no need to call her a b-i-t-c-h

      • Sigma_Since 93

        I’m Sigma_Since93 and I agree with your comment

  • ThatJerseyGirl

    But, like…who is actually paying money to see George Lopez in 2017? QTNA

    • Glo

      But actually.

      • “M”

        #ThatsWhyHesMad

    • miss t-lee

      That part.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      Unfortunately, he is a part of the Comedy Get Down tour. He’s the first comedian on stage, so that’s your cue to either come late or go get snacks/drinks.

      • ThatJerseyGirl

        *consults the Google*
        Follow-up QTNA: Why would the rest of the tour lineup let Lopez even participate?

        • Michelle is my First Lady

          Right….. there were some many other comedians to choose from. I guess they were trying to round up the “legends”? Girl, QTNA

    • NomadaNare

      bruh

    • AngelMonique

      This.

  • Jbjbjbjbj

    Come to Arizona and chill within Mexican territory. Your black azz2 is not welcome. They are above us…in their heads.

  • kb

    I can laugh a racial joke but how is this a joke? “there’s still two rules in the fucking Latino family. Don’t marry somebody black, ” It’s not witty no satire or irony. What’s funny about that ? the joke that Latinos are racist? then try to be funny like our version if she can’t use your comb don’t bring her home” “Or if she like greens and not rice and beans” but we don’t like black people is not joke.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      “It’s not witty no satire or irony. What’s funny about that ?”

      We never got a chance to find out. We’ve seen comedians make jokes about our elders telling us to marry someone with good hair. What’s the difference?

      • Brother Mouzone

        I don’t know why she felt the need to over react to that wack delivery. Silence would have been better. What he said was true among Mexicans and a whole lot of other groups. There’s no need to get all in your feelings just because he ADMITTED it. Don’t we already know that’s a common sentiment?

        • Sigma_Since 93

          THANK YOU!! The uncomfortable silence would have done more than walking out.

          • Or the professional comedian can take the L and keep it moving

        • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

          I certainly do.

        • FeeFee

          “Don’t we already know that’s a common sentiment?”–Most of us do. But it could be, being that she’s a black Mexican, she knows it a little too well and is just tired of it. That might explain her reaction to the delivery. At the same time, most of us also know when you go to a comedy show, offensive jokes ( (racially or otherwise) are par for the course.

    • Michelle is my First Lady

      It was a bad joke.

    • If I make a joke about how I can’t bring Margaret home I’d assume a certain segment of us would get it.

      • Other_guy13

        True but his joke wasn’t the issue. It was his reaction to her not liking his joke

      • kb

        My pt it’s just a bad joke, and kind of lazy of him really, but I was told it’s setup to talking about his racist grandmom so maybe the video lacks context, His reaction to the lady was abhorrent tho.

    • Brooklyn_Bruin

      It’s the setup actually.

      He then (typically) goes into an impersonation of a racist abuela. The humor in the joke is pointing out the absurdity of it. Like Archie Bunker, (wait, that’s an old head reference)… Like the Steve Colbert character.

      I honestly could humorize the racist stuff my very Jamaican granny says all the time. Don’t get her started on Trinis, Haitians, or the Spanish. But the set up is crucial.

      In our current cultural climate, comedians have to rework bits that were funny 5 years ago.

      It’s hard listening to old Pryor and Murphy. I’m betting BET Comic View didn’t age well either

      • Annalise Keating

        Chris Rocks stand up had never gone out of style for me. I listen to his stuff from 15 years ago and still find it funny and relevant.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          The “Enwurds versus blacks” bit elevated him to star status. Imo.

          Deadly funny then, not so much to me now.

          • Yeah I hate that bit now

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              20 years is a long time

              • It was…respectability politics was the wave in the 90s until we realized that sh*t dont work

                • kb

                  Rock hates that bit too, as 90s person I would say it wasn’t respectability thing during that time more like thug mentality was really popular, and college people, blerds etc were out of style, so when he spoke like that it was like “yes!” We exist in popular culture but yeah it has not aged well.

          • Annalise Keating

            I hated that joke. And it took me a long time to admit I liked him because of that joke. A really long time. Even now I still don’t think that joke is funny. But I am sensitive

            • Brooklyn_Bruin

              The thing with comedy – it approaches things that a lot of us have issues with. I hit my grocery store and hear some of the conversations, witness some of the parenting…the frustration hits. Like you see folks doing wrong, when you desperately want them to do right. If pulling a coat actually worked, I’d do it more often. But teachable moments where someone actually learns something…better luck playing the lotttery

              That whole routine mines that deep well of frustration – but like Dave Chappele found – it can go the wrong places, the wrong people can laugh, the wrong people take away the wrong message.

              The fact that it hits so hard should be something that we can think about and deal with.

        • grownandsexy2

          Chris Rock will always be funny.

      • kb

        So I guess the video lacked context? I’m not mad he said it, I just thought it seemed lazy racial humor, and then the way he acted after was disrespectful.

      • Kas loves Jamaican Breakfast

        Trinis vs Indians goes very hard as well.

        • Brooklyn_Bruin

          Yikes. I had no idea

    • Kim

      Yeah nothing about it is funny. My bother is still going through it with his wife’s family. I’m glad she keeps them away from us because I swear to everything I love, if they ever pull that crap around me they will catch both of these hands and feet.

  • For all he knows that was her first comedy show, we know this isn’t his. He shouldve lobbed a riposte and kept it pushing. Instead he doubled down and went into a vitriolic diatribe that ironically shows how he really feels about black women. We see what time it is George, and that goes for any of yall n*ggas issuing passes too.

    • TheCollinB

      Gives you that Kramer vibe.

      • Exactly. He wasn’t about to let *that* woman challenge him. You gotta ask why that is, playa

      • miss t-lee

        That was the first person I thought of when I watched this earlier.
        It was like a switch went off.

      • Mary Burrell

        Exactly. Michael Richards lost his mind on that stage that night.

      • Blueberry01

        That was the FIRST thing that came to my head.

    • Kim

      Thank you, this is why I love you.

    • Other_guy13

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